outbreak keeps ward shut at Burnham-On-Sea hospital
War Memorial Hospital's wards remained closed to new patient admissions
on Thursday (March 4th) following the outbreak of a virus last
There are still a small number of patients showing symptoms of
the Norovirus and the hospital's Matron and Infection Control
staff are continuing to monitor the patients, while preventing
first broke the news last
week that an outbreak of Norovirus had affected the hospital
in Love Lane.
Karen Anderson, Infection Prevention and Control Lead, at Somerset
Community Health confirmed to Burnham-On-Sea.com on Thursday:
"We still have strict infection control measures at Burnham
Hospital. Norovirus is a common virus which exists in the natural
environment and community at all times."
you were planning to visit the hospital and have recently had
gastric illness yourself, then please do not visit the hospital
until you are completely free of symptoms for at least 48 hours."
"We ask hospital visitors to please remember to wash their
hands on entering the hospital and always use the anti-bacterial
hand rub before coming onto an ward area. As simple as it seems,
washing your hands after going to the toilet is still the most
effective way of ensuring that such viruses are not passed to
"Doctors advise that although the symptoms of Noro virus
are unpleasant - the illness causes violent sickness and diarrhoea
- it is not normally life threatening."
The hospital is also embarking on additional cleaning and infection
hospital's outpatient clinics and Minor Injury Unit continue to
operate as normal and are not affected by the Norovirus.